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85
Engadget
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Review

It may not be the best phone on the planet, but its high-end specs, elegant build and incredibly affordable price make it worth throwing your money at.

Pros
  • Beautiful and vibrant 720p display
  • Very affordable price
  • Pentaband HSPA+
  • Android 4.2 delivers new features
  • Solid performance
Cons
  • Doesn't support LTE
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85
 

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Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
4.722
Internal memory
81
Camera
Yes
Talk time
3G
Model
8GB

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
3G (up to10 hours)
Standby time (max)
250 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (2100 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
8 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Dun)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (Avi, H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia, Europe, North america (Us, Canada)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (Umts, Hsdpa, Hsupa) (Yes)
Subscriber identity
Micro-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.7 inches
Screen resolution
Other (1280x768)
Pixel density
320 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM transmitter
No
Infrared port
No
Kickstand
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
Ruggedized
No
TV-out
Yes
Model
16GB

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
3G (up to10 hours)
Standby time (max)
250 hours
Battery type
Li-ion

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
Bluetooth
4.0

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (Avi, H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia, Europe, North america (Us, Canada)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (Umts, Hsdpa, Hsupa) (Yes)
Subscriber identity
Micro-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.7 inches
Screen resolution
Other
Pixel density
320 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM transmitter
No
Infrared port
No
Kickstand
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
Ruggedized
No
TV-out
Yes
Model
T-Mobile 16GB

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
3G (up to10 hours)
Standby time (max)
250 hours
Battery type
Li-ion

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
Bluetooth
4.0

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (Avi, H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Europe, North america (Us, Canada)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (Umts, Hsdpa, Hsupa) (Yes)
Subscriber identity
Micro-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.7 inches
Screen resolution
Other
Pixel density
320 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM transmitter
No
Infrared port
No
Kickstand
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
Ruggedized
No
TV-out
Yes